Collection inventory

Pan Am 103 home page

Brian Murtagh Papers

An inventory of his papers at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: February 2015


Brian Murtagh was a United States Department of Justice attorney who assisted in drafting the indictments for Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah in 1991 and was present, with the prosecution, for the trial that took place at Kamp van Zeist in the Netherlands from 2000-2001. Murtagh retired from the Department of Justice in 2011.

Scope and Content Note

The Brian Murtagh Papers consists of correspondence, photographs, speeches, presentations, and other materials collected and created by Brian Murtagh. The collection is divided into the following series:

Correspondence consists primarily of letters sent to Murtagh upon his retirement from the Department of Justice in 2011 by various family members of victims of the bombing of Pan Am 103, members of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. group, and former colleagues.

Memorabilia contains various identification cards issued to Murtagh, as well as a business card for Edwin Bollier of Mebo Ltd. Telecommunication. The timer used in the bomb that destroyed Pan Am 103 was traced to the Mebo company.

Printed material consists of a copy of the December 9, 2012 cover of Washington Post Magazine featuring Murtagh.

Photographs contains photographs taken by Murtagh during a 2015 trip to Lockerbie and Dumfries. Pictured are former members of the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, and images of various memorials in the Lockerbie Remembrance Garden. Also included in this series are photographs from Murtagh's retirement celebration, and several photographs from Kamp van Zeist during the trial.

Speeches and presentations includes the text of Murtagh's remarks delivered at the 2014 memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery, and the presentation "Pan Am 103: From Lockerbie to Kamp van Zeist" that Murtagh delivered to the Syracuse University Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars in October of 2015.

Alternative Formats

Selected items from this collection are also available as digital files. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing the materials.


Access Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Brian Murtagh Papers. Related collections include:

Pan Am Flight 103 Publications Collection

Police Scotland Collection

Tom Gordon Papers

Tom McCulloch Papers

Selected Search Terms


Murtagh, Brian.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)
Zeist (Netherlands)

Types of Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Brian Murtagh Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Brian Murtagh in 2012 and 2015. Dumfries and Lockerbie photographs in the Photographs series were deposited digitally in 2015.

Processing Information

The Brian Murtagh Papers are fully processed.


Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Table of Contents




Printed material

Speeches and presentations